Expanding Diabetes Screening Criteria beyond Age, Weight Can Catch More Diagnoses Earlier
May 14, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
New research says current standards for diabetes screening are inadequate and should be expanded, according to an April 12, 2018, study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Currently, the standards as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) direct diabetes screening to be performed for adults age 40 to 70 years who are also overweight or obese. Researchers found that USPSTF screening standards, based on just age and weight, identified around half of adults with dysglycemia—which refers to prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes. The expanded criteria aim to encourage diabetes screening for other groups that have been shown to have a high risk, such as women with polycystic ovarian syndrome or a history of gestational diabetes or racial or ethnic minorities that have been found to have a higher risk.